Friday, January 04, 2013

Prostatitis affects about 10 percent of men but most often affects those in their 40s. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about prostatitis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland surrounding the urethra, located directly below the bladder. It produces a fluid that helps transport sperm during ejaculation.

Inflammation or infection of the prostate results in prostatitis. Prostatitis has several forms. The most common is a nonbacterial inflammation that causes pelvic pain and is also called chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Men with prostatitis typically have persistent pain between the scrotum and rectum that may also be felt in the groin and genitals. The pain may also occur with urination, and it may be accompanied by urgency and frequency of urination and painful ejaculation.

A digital rectal examination and urine analysis are usually sufficient to diagnose prostatitis.

Bacterial prostatitis is treated with antibiotics for 1 to 4 months. Nonbacterial prostatitis may be treated with pain relievers, physical therapy, antibiotics or medications. Prostatitis does not increase the risk of prostate cancer

If you experience pain while urinating or pain in the scrotal area, you should contact your doctor for an examination.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.